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TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Top green brands: The blue oval is really green

Just about every major corporation today understands the importance of running a sustainable business. Generally speaking, this means one in which water gets conserved, energy and materials come increasingly from clean sources, and the social impact of the business is positive. The trouble is, until now there have been few ways to measure not only […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Back to school — Jason Walton leading Jackson Prep

by Published: July 10,2014

Tags: Business, education, Flowood, Jackson Prep, Mississippi

Whether in art, sports, academics, or business, we are inspired by excellence. We celebrate those who have the commitment to achieving the highest levels of success in their respective fields.  Aristotle once said, “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — Patriots’ Duty: Keep national fabric whole

Every Independence Day, words and symbols from our Founders captivate me. There is the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…” […] [...]

BOBBY HARRISON: Wicker’s 2008 Senate race also had sharp ads

by Published: July 10,2014

Tags: #mssen, Business, Cochran, GOP, McDaniel, Mississippi, Politics, Tea Party

In the midst of what was thought to be a close election for the U.S. Senate in 2008, Republican Roger Wicker ran radio ads courting the votes of black Mississippians because his opponent, Ronnie Musgrove, was perceived by some as being lukewarm in support of fellow Democrat Barack Obama for president. Of course, what was […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: Fight on, Chris McDaniel, fight on!

Heaven help us, this Republican Primary really is ugly and in full view of a nosy nation who long suspected this southern neighbor to be full-blown crazy. As we move forward, let’s consider a variety of realities, because several exist. The prevailing reality is “there is no story here.” Cochran won. McDaniel lost. Democrats voted […] [...]

GITOMER — Really, ‘close’ the sale? Eh, no Sparky. It’s ‘earn’ the sale

It never ceases to amaze me how many people still ask me, “What’s the best way to close a sale?” Other than cold calling and finding the pain, this is one of the biggest misconceptions in sales. It’s not a technique. It’s not a manipulation. It’s not something that you wait until the end of […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: New PR and marketing study busts myths on industries

By Todd Smith Some commonly held beliefs about PR and marketing – especially content marketing and SEO adoption – are more myth than reality according to a comprehensive study on industry trends conducted recently by Vocus, a public relations and marketing software company, and Market Connections Inc., a research firm based in Virginia. The results […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: New book provides photographic tour of capital city

by Published: July 7,2014

Tags: Book Biz, books, Business, JACKSON, Mississippi

Prolific Bay St. Louis photographer Ken Murphy presents another beautiful book of photos that is sure to become a collector’s item. This time the subject is Jackson, Mississippi’s largest and capital city and hub of political and business activity. Jackson is a 183-page photography book with a foreword by Lemuria Bookstore owner John Evans and […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Coyt Bailey ignores naysayers, grows Mercury Aviation

by Published: July 7,2014

Tags: Business, column, leaders, Mississippi, NEWS

Follow your bliss. That summarizes the philosophy of 20th century author and mythologist Joseph Campbell. In his book, Reflections in the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion, Campbell said, “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL: Managing debt in a low-rate environment

by Published: July 7,2014

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Investors understand the concept of “Tactical Asset Allocation” — the practice of shifting investments from asset classes or sectors that seem to be overpriced to those that are expected to provide greater returns in the upcoming weeks or months. When bonds have outpaced stocks, for example, the investor may sell some of the bonds at […] [...]

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